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these are two wonderful reports, and they're like anything that i've seen from h.p.c. adequate and quite thoroughly document them. i want to applaud the h.p.c., the funding committee, and this committee because, you know, there really hasn't been much effort to reach into the schools, and i think they're so important as mr. verplank noted, they teach. the places that send our kids that have value that tell them about our history and what we valued. because of that, it's a lesson where they are. and i've seen what can happen by little bits. i live in district eight, but i do a great deal of work at rosa parks elementary school in the western addition, and rosa parks was the site of the last buses that took japanese
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americans away to the camps. and dorothea lang took a remarkable series of photographs there. very recently, we lost the big iron gates that were the backdrop for some of those photographs. they were there one day, and then, they were gone, and the community had no say in that. they just disappeared, and it's tragic. and i do know from experience that historic designation does not have to increase costs monumentally and doesn't have to stand in the way of what needs to be done. that's been shown by many groups, and i've worked personally with little friends -- nihomachi little friends that has preserved a julia moran building, added onto it, and really taken care of it, and it has become a
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great asset to the community. so i thank you for moving ahead on this, and i hope that we can engage the school district in greater efforts to reach out to the communities to do more of this kind of work. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you, karen. i really appreciate it, and i appreciate your work at niomachi little friends. are there any other members of the public that would like to comment on items one or two? seeing none, public comment is closed. actually, mr. frye, i think we've asked -- unless my colleagues have more particular questions -- actually, i do have one question for you. mr. frye, are you aware of how many other san francisco unified school district properties have located landmark -- local landmark designation under our police caring code article ten? i mentioned mission high. i think balboa is on that list. i'm not sure. is there anything else on that
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list? >> that is correct, and then, i.m. scott in the dogpatch. >> chair peskin: okay. so -- >> and then, just to correct myself, 135 vanness, the old school of commerce is part of the landmark district and is individually designated. >> chair peskin: under article ten -- under appendix a as an individual and under the civic center district. >> that is correct. >> chair peskin: okay. belt and suspenders. okay. are you aware -- obviously, many of these have come before -- have received changes. have any of them ever come to the commission for arrest permit for a certificate of appropriateness to your knowledge? >> not to my knowledge. the only time a project has come before the commission during my tenure was about five or six years ago. the dogpatch community wanted
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an informational presentation on the work around i.m. scott, and the school district complied by just providing information at an h.p.c. hearing. >> chair peskin: got it. but the school has never come before the historic preservation commission of the city and county for a certificate of appropriateness which is what the h.p.c. issues. >> that is correct. >> chair peskin: all right. so the notion that has been expressed that this is honorific, although it's also to the school district staff an admonition that there's something very, very special here, and you guys should take it seriously, even if you don't have to go through the city bureaucracy as other parties might have to do. this subdivision of government, the board of supervisors and the governing body of the board of education are intertwined in many, many ways. as a matter of fact today -- yeah, recently, quite a bit, although by the way, when i
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scheduled this and it needed a 20-day notice, nobody knew that the eraf stuff was coming, so these things shall never meet. they're not politically connected in any way. but we are involved with each other in many ways. i do want to give the elected governing board the ability to talk about it. it sounded like if you want a one-week continuance, your board is meeting later this week, is that correct, miss -- [inaudible] >> chair peskin: miss kamala naughton, please come forward to record it for posterity. >> it is meeting tomorrow night. >> chair peskin: and this is on the agenda? >> it is not on the agenda. we were hoping to just have the one-week continuance so we could explain a paragraph what landmarking is, share that with not only the board of education
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but with the site staff itself which have e-mailed us can concerns over -- with concerns over the past few days about what landmarking is, how it works, and make sure that communication appears on the record and folks are apprised, and that's about it. >> chair peskin: thank you. so let's hear from my colleagues, but i would like to suggest that insofar as this is an information item only, that we forward this to the full board of supervisors, allow that informational exchange to happen tomorrow. it seems to me like -- no disrespect to your predecessor that new staff gets it more than old staff got it because had old staff got it, this would not have been on my pending list of 48 items, and it would have been done sometime after it was introduced on december 20 of
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2017. so my respectful suggestion that can allow you to address the elected board of the sfusd, and if for some reason, they freak out, we can think about it the tuesday after afternoon. supervisor safai? >> supervisor safai: i just wanted to just add onto that point. i think that there's been historically inertia within some of the movement of the sfusd when it comes to issues like this. i'm really happy that miss kamala naughton has taken over. i think it shows a new face of leadership on these issues. i would just say hopefully we won't be in the same situation that we were before where the board voted not to want to add this label. hopefully, there'll be some additional exchange of information and clarity and that we can make a decision within a week, so i would
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support that. thank you. >> chair peskin: supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: so i was a part of the school board that led to this letter here, and i want to thank everybody who came out and who was a part of bringing this forward and preparing it. as chair peskin said, in my recollection, although i do could dig out that video, too, the primary conversation was around george washington high school. as miss mogue said, it is possible that the board came with a most specific concern about george washington but also a general concern about the impact on potential modernization, structural upgrades, etc. so i think that what chair peskin put forward is a fine solution on this. if we can update the board --
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the school board and let them know and that we're all in understanding about what the actual result is for -- for these buildings, and i think for the school district to have a lot of pride in this -- this recognition but also understanding if there's modernization required, that there aren't new barriers creat created around that and we're all clear on that. that sounds fine to me, and i also want to appreciate whoever's decision it was to take george washington off of here. i think that would have led to a lot more challenges and complications around this designation. >> chair peskin: that would have been your chairman, and as i said earlier, i have no intention of scheduling that. there's a lot of hair on that one, and i'll leave that to languish on that pending calendar which is now at 46 items. i would very much like to thank
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planning department staff, san francisco heritage, the preservation fund committee, mr. verplank and miss graves and to the san francisco unified school district for understanding this and if you -- if i need to talk to any of your elected board members, i'm happy to do that between now and tomorrow or now and next tuesday. colleagues, is there a motion to forward items one and two with recommendation? moved by supervisor safai. we will take that without objection. [gavel]. >> chair peskin: next item, please. >> clerk: item number three is an ordinance amending the planning code by amending the zoning map to rezone a portion of 170 valencia street from r.t.o. to n.c.t.-3, to establish a uniform zoning for the site and approving appropriate findings. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss major.
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colleagues, i think we were all is 70 valencia for the mayor's state of the city address, and we all read the case report which actually reveals that that property is in two different zoning districts and should be confirmed to one -- conformed to one zoning district, n.c.t.-3, which would allow the current owners not to file a conditional use for that. with that, the representative of supervisor mandelman is here to present on item number three. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm from supervisor mandelman's office. i am here to speak in support of supervisor mandelman's office to establish uniform zoning for the parcel at 170 valencia street. it is important for a number of reasons. dating back to 1940 esthe four story art deco building has
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served as the high faith temple. the san francisco gay men's chorus for years used the building as a practice facility. since then, the gay men's chorus has become a social and constitutional institution that represents the lgbt movement worldwide. our office was made aware that the parcel at 170 valencia is currently portioned across two
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districts. as a result, our office introduced the ordinance that is before the committee today. through this ordinance, it is our intention to apply uniform zoning to the parcel in order to continue the tradition of using the space as a community facility in this iteration as the new home for the gay men's chorus. in addition, we also believe that a uniform zoning for the building is in the best interest of preserving the architectural integrity of the building regardless of its occupant. in closing, i'd like to thank you all for your time and consideration and ask that you join our office in supporting this ordinance, and audrey butkus from the planning department is here to report on what happened at the planning commission. thank you. >> chair peskin: thank you. and i note that on january 17 of 2019, all seven members of the planning commission unanimously recommended this ordinance to this body. miss butkus, you can still talk. i'd like to remind my colleagues when we agree with
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them, we like to say that it was unanimous. when we disagree, we like to remind ourselves that it is only an advisory vote by your commission. but with that, miss butkus, the floor is yours if you'd like to use it. >> audrey butkus, planning department staff, only to confirm, supervisor peskin that it was unanimously voted for approval by the planning commission on january 17. >> chair peskin: thank you, audrey. are there any members of the public who would like to testify on this item, number three? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> chair peskin: is there a motion to send this to the full board with recommendation? made by supervisor safai. we'll take that without objection. [gavel]. >> chair peskin: next item, please. >> clerk: i'd number four is an ordinance amending section 191 of the planning code to deem a grandfathered medical cannabis dispensary that
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received a permit to operate as an m.c.d., extending the expiration date of section 191 to january 21, 2021. >> chair peskin: we heard this last week. we had to continue it one week because there was a substantive change that was not objectionable to any member of the public. is there any member of the public that would like to comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel]. >> chair peskin: seeing that, i appreciate that the director of the department of cannabis is here. if you have no comments, is there a motion to forward this item to the full board with recommendation? made by supervisor safai. we will take that without objection. next item, please. [gavel]. >> clerk: item number five is an ordinance waiving permit and inspection fees under the
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commemorative street plaque requirements at one location on the silver sidewalk commemorating former high school student miss salina lam. >> chair peskin: this ordinance has been brought to us by supervisor ronen and her staff. miss carolyn gusen is here. miss gusen, the floor is yours. >> thank you, supervisor. thank you so much for having me. this waives the flooring and installation fees for this commemorative street plaque in honor of salina lam. she joined the hill crest community as a toddler, accompany her parents and older sis tore to school and then began attending there as a kindergartener. she occupied a special place in the hearts of everyone in the
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hill crest community, and her friends and classmates remember her as the girl who was always smiling and always sharing her snacks. last year, selina unexpectedly passed away, and this will be installed next to a tree that will help enshrine her memory. essentially, these amendments -- these amendments do three things. they expedite the plaque approval and installation process and authorize public works to provide reasonable maintenance and repair of the plaque after it has been installed. it waives the public works hearing that normally applies to the commemorative plaque explorations, and it expressly
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authorizes the city to accept the plaque as a gift to the city so that the city can be authorized to prepare and maintain the plaque and assume liability. supervisor ronen could not be here but was hoping that someone on the committee could help move this forward with these amendments, and we want to thank the hill crest community for bringing this forward with the planting of the tree and designing of the plaque to held salina lam in all of our hearts and memory. thank you very much. >> chair peskin: thank you, miss gusen. is there anybody here from public works? >> thank you, chair peskin, members of the committee. jeremy spitz, department of public work. we have a permit of application from the applicant, and we've been working with them on installation and location, and
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we very much support this ordinance. i'm here to answer any questions that you might have. >> chair peskin: thank you, mr. spitz. any questions from members? supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: just wanted to move the amendment. >> chair peskin: we've got to get public comment first. are there any members of the public who would like to comment, please come up. >> thank you so much. my name is gabby anderson, and i'm the social worker at hill crest elementary school, and we just wanted to offer our thanks to you for hearing and to hillary ronen's office for supporting this legislation. it was a really hard time for our school, and we're really touched that there's been so much support for remembering salina, and for public works in planting the tree in her honor. >> chair peskin: thank you. is there any other public comment? seeing none, we're very sorry
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for your loss. supervisor haney, would you like to move that? so moved, without objection. can we forward that to the full board with recommendation as amended? motion, moved by supervisor safai. we'll take that without objection, and we are adjourned. [gavel]
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sustainability mission, even though the bikes are very minimal energy use. it still matters where the energy comes from and also part of the mission in sustainability is how we run everything, run our business. so having the lights come on with clean energy is important to us as well. we heard about cleanpowersf and learned they had commercial rates and signed up for that. it was super easy to sign up. our bookkeeper signed up online, it was like 15 minutes. nothing has changed, except now we have cleaner energy. it's an easy way to align your environmental proclivities and goals around climate change and it's so easy that it's hard to not want to do it, and it doesn't really add anything to the bill.
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>> i lived in the mission neighborhood for seven years and before that the excel see your district. 20 years a resident of the city and county of san francisco. i am the executive director of a local art space nonprofit that showcases work that relate to the latino community and i have been in this building for seven years and some of my neighbors have been here 30 year. we were notified from the landlord he was going to sell the building. when we realized it was happening it was no longer a thought for the landlord and i sort of had a moment of panic. i heard about the small sites
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program through my work with the mission economic agency and at met with folks from the mayor's housing program because they wanted to utilize the program. we are dealing with families with different needs and capacities. conversations were had early in the morning because that is the only time that all the tenants were in the building and finally when we realized that meda did have the resources to buy the building we went on a letter writing campaign to the landlord and said to him we understand you want to sell your building, we understand what you are asking for and you are entitled to it, it's your land, but please work with us. what i love about ber nell
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height it represents the diversity that made me fall in love with san francisco. we have a lot of mom and pop shops and you can get all your resources within walking distance. my favorite air area of my homes my little small patio where i can start my morning and have my coffee an is a sweet spot for me and i. >> my name is angela wilson and
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i'm an owner of the market i worked at a butcher for about 10 years and became a butcher you i was a restaurant cook started in sxos and went to uc; isn't that so and opened a cafe we have produce from small farms without small butcher shops hard for small farms to survive we have a been a butcher shop since 1901 in the heights floor and the case are about from 1955 and it is only been a butcher shot not a lot of businesses if san francisco that have only been one thing. >> i'm all for vegetarians if you eat meat eat meat for
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quality and if we care of we're in a losing battle we need to support butcher shops eat less we sell the chickens with the head and feet open somebody has to make money when you pay $25 for a chicken i guarantee if you go to save way half of the chicken goes in the enlarge but we started affordable housing depends on it occurred to us this is a male field people said good job even for a girl the interesting thing it is a women's field in most of world just here in united states it is that pay a man's job i'm an encountered woman and raise a son and teach i am who respect woman i consider all women's who work here to be impoverished and
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strong in san francisco labor is high our cost of good ideas we seal the best good ideas the profit margin that low but everything that is a laboring and that's a challenge in the town so many people chasing money and not i can guarantee everybody this is their passion. >> i'm the - i've been cooking mile whole life this is a really, really strong presence of women heading up kitchens in the bay area it is really why i moved out here i think that we are really strong in the destroy and really off the pages kind of thing i feel like women befrp helps us to get back up i'm definitely the only female here i fell in love i love
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setting up and love knowing were any food comes from i do the lamb and that's how i got here today something special to have a female here a male dominated field so i think that it is very special to have women and especially like it is going at it you know i'm a tiny girl but makes me feel good for sure. >> the sad thing the building is sold i'm renegotiating my lease the neighborhood wants us to be here with that said, this is a very difficult business it is a constant struggle to
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maintain freshness and deal with what we have to everyday it is a very high labor of business but something i'm proud of if you want to get a job at affordable housing done nasal you need a good attitude and the jobs on the bottom you take care of all the produce and the fish and computer ferry terminal and work your way up employing people with a passion for this and empowering them to learntod >> (clapping.) >> i've been working in restaurants forever as a blood alcohol small business you have a lot of requests for donations if someone calls you and say we want to documents for our school
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or nonprofit i've been in a position with my previous employment i had to say no all the time. >> my name is art the owner and chief at straw combinations of street food and festival food and carnival food i realize that people try to find this you don't want to wait 365 day if you make that brick-and-mortar it is really about making you feel special and feel like a kid again everything we've done to celebrate that.
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>> so nonprofit monday is a program that straw runs to make sure that no matter is going on with our business giving back is treated just the is that you as paying any other bill in addition to the money we impose their cause to the greater bayview it is a great way for straw to sort of build communicated and to introduce people who might not normally get to be exposed to one nonprofit or another and i know that they do a different nonprofit every most of the year. >> people are mroent surprised the restaurant it giving back i see some people from the nonprofit why been part of nonprofit monday sort of give
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back to the program as well answer. >> inform people that be regular aprons at straw they get imposed to 10 or 12 nonprofits. >> i love nonprofits great for a local restaurant to give back to community that's so wonderful i wish more restrictive places did that that is really cool. >> it is a 6 of nonprofit that is supporting adults with autism and down syndrome we i do not involved one the wonderful members reached out to straw and saw a headline about, about their nonprofit mondays and she applied for a grant back in january of 2016 and we were notified late in the spring we would be the recipient of straw if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer thems in the month of genuine we were able to
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organize with straw for the monday and at the end of the month we were the recipient of 10 percent of precedes on mondays the contribution from nonprofit monday from stray went into our post group if you have any questions, we'll be happy to answer theming fund with our arts coaching for chinese and classes and we have a really great vibrate arts program. >> we we say thank you to the customers like always but say 0 one more thing just so you know you've made a donation to x nonprofit which does why i think that is a very special thing. >> it is good to know the owner takes responsibility to know your money is going to good
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cause also. >> it is really nice to have a restaurant that is very community focused they do it all month long for nonprofits not just one day all four mondays. >> we have a wall of thank you letters in the office it seems like you know we were able to gas up the 10 passenger minivan we were innovate expected to do. >> when those people working at the nonprofits their predictive and thank what straw is giving that in and of itself it making an impact with the nonprofit through the consumers that are coming here is just as important it is important for the grill cheese kitchen the more restrictive i learn about what is going on in the community
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more restrictive people are doing this stuff with 4 thousand restaurant in san francisco we're doing an average of $6,000 a year in donations and multiply that by one thousand that's a lot to
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>> welcome everyone. my name is david cook. i am the president of the board of the directors of the episcopal community services. is my privilege to thank you all for being here on this wet but very important day as we inaugurate the bryant street navigation center. i wanted to take a minute to give a special welcome to our distinguished roster of guest speakers will be hearing from in a few minutes. the mayor is here, filled tagging tag tony tried various, and rebecca from google. i would also like to welcome leaders and staff of the department of homelessness and supportive housing, here. i would also like to welcome all our other partners and friends and members of the press who are covering these issues so diligently. a special welcome to the board members and staff who showed up
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today. one of our senior staff members will be offering some interesting insight into this new facility a little bit later on. last but not least, i want to welcome our navigation centre residents who are here in the room. the folks who are on the front lines who are experiencing or have recently experienced homelessness first-hand. as you probably know, conventional homeless shelters have been around for a long time , but navigation centers are pretty new. less than four years ago, in march of 2014, we were instrumental in opening and operating the very first navigation center in the united states over on mission street. since that time, five additional navigation centers have been opened, and today, a sixth. the navigation centers in this town have become a national model for removing barriers to housing for high need individuals who are dealing with
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complex issues and two as a result, have experienced homelessness. along the way, ecs has continued to operate two of the navigation centers, but has established itself as an innovative thought leader in the field, providing expert consultation to sister agencies both in san francisco, and across the country, and early-stage planning, set up, and ongoing operations, which brings us to what we are doing here today. we are so excited to be starting and operating this brand-new 84 bed navigation center here in the south of market. as you will hear, opening a facility like this requires the hard work, dedication, and generosity of a lot of people and a lot of companies and agencies. but long-term success in addressing homelessness can never be achieved without committed leaders at the highest levels of local governments. that is what we have in mayer london breach. just this past october, a few months after she was elected, she set an ambitious goal of
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adding 1,000 new shelter beds in san francisco by the end of 2020 and of getting half of them online -- [cheers and applause] >> and of getting half of them online by this coming july. eighty-four of them are right here. under her leadership, we are on the way. ladies and gentlemen, mayer london breed. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. i am excited to be here today and i'm also excited to welcome in the new incoming supervisor for district six, matt haney, who is joining us here today. [applause] >> please direct any of your complaints to him. [laughter] >> this is a great day. i am just excited about what we're doing here in san francisco and it does take a village to get to a place where we can address what we know is one of the biggest challenges we face in this city, and that is homelessness. so many incredible organizations groups that continue to build
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partnerships with each and every one of us, to focus on providing shelters, providing navigation centers, providing services, one of our great partners is here today, thank you downtown streets team for being here, it all the work that you continue to do to keep our communities clean and safe, and many of you know that this is definitely a top priority for my administration, and i am committed to making sure that we add at least 1,000 shelter beds to the city and county of san francisco by 2020, and what that would do is help provide a place for so many people that we know are sleeping on the streets every single night. we need to make sure that regardless of the challenges that we face as a city, in terms of building more housing, regardless of any of the issues around support for funding, for programs, we have to have places for people to go. we have to have places for people to go where they are able to stay for 24 hours and not be
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told that they have to leave in the morning. that is my commitment in helping to address this issue. it is an ambitious goal because we haven't increased the number of shelter beds by that amount since the 1989 earthquake. many of us remember that time in our city where it was a very challenging time. we know that if we are going to get to a better place, we have to also be honest, and have an honest conversation about what we know are some of the root causes of homelessness. many people that sadly are down on their luck, many people who are struggling with mental illness, and addiction, we know that we can do better by providing more permanent services to get people to a better place. i am excited because since the navigation centers have been in existence, it is really a great place to transition people into more permanent housing.
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we have connected people to permanent housing. we connected people to resources and we have, through our homeward bound program, we have connected people to their family members. over 1,000 people serve through our navigation center program that have been reconnected to their families. what we are doing is not traditional in that navigation centers are 24 hours, they have a great staff and team of people who continue to greet people with a smile, and treat people with respect and the dignity that they deserve. and more importantly, they have a really strong desire to help people get off the streets and get permanently housed. ultimately that is the goal, it anything that we do. we basically, with these navigation centers, people are able to bring their partners, their pets, and in fact with this particular center with 84 beds, 20 will be dedicated specifically to women peer given
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women a private location where they can get the support and the services that they need as well. just a few days -- 623 people out of our navigation centers since december have been transferred -- transitioned into permanent housing. 144 people have had temporary placement, and over 1200 have been reconnected with their families through our homeward bound program. thank you all so much for that hard work in getting people connected to. [applause] >> we know that it takes a village to get to a place where we have more opportunities for people to get into permanent housing and to get stabilized, and a lot of this work is done -- bureaucracy is involved, but also creative, hard-working leaders like our assembly member who is here with us today, who
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not only pass the legislation that made it possible for us to lease the land for this particular purpose, but help to provide a significant portion of funding to get these navigation centers open, so i just want to thank phil for his leadership in sacramento, and continuing to push this conversation that has led us to this place of opening what is probably the third navigation center since the work he has been doing, in the and the second on caltrain land specifically. [applause] >> i want to thank tony taveras from caltrain, because again the people who work for these departments are the drivers of what we need to do in terms of paperwork, and issuing funds, and those kinds of things. so thank you to tony from district four who is here with us today. and also our private partner, google, rebecca is here with us today. they provided $3 million to get
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this place open sooner rather than later. [applause] >> jeff kaczynski and his team from the department of homelessness, they don't just work on trying to provide these spaces, they work every single day on the front lines, the hot team, they are out there trying to get people to help, and the support that they need to, and through our coordinated entry system, they have been able to register thousands of our homeless residents in order to get them into places like the navigation centers, and it has been a fascinating system where we are able to track people, and get them to help and the support they need without duplicating services. i want to thank you mohammed nuru with the department of public works who facilitated the building of this building, and some of the other navigation centers. i want to thank the real estate division in the city, and i especially want to thank the folks with community services for continuing to be a great
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partner in continuing to provide the kinds of services that we get to build, we go through the process, we get the legislation, but it takes community partners, and the work they do on the front lines in order to make that these places are working for the people that we want to take care of. it will take a consistent effort from each and every one of us if we are going to address this issue. every day i am thinking about what are some more ways in which we can get to a place where not only we are able to address some of the challenges around homelessness, but how will we build more housing, pete -- keep people housed, and make sure that when someone is homeless, we are able to get them into some permanent situations where they are able to live in dignity while we have a lot of work to do, but this is a great start and i'm i am looking forward to getting to our goal of making sure that 1,000 shelter beds exist, an additional a thousand beds in addition to the ones we have and they are open and
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available to anyone at any time so that no one has to sleep on our street at night in the cold. thank you all so much for being here today. [applause] >> thank you mayor breed. as she suggested, the challenges of homelessness require the commitment of knowledgeable and dedicated legislatures. we also have this in our assembly member from the 19th district. [applause] >> thank you, david, thank you to e.c.s. for doing this amazing work, day after day. it is because of organizations like yours that you really make me so proud to be from san francisco. we have some of the best nonprofits, not just in our state, but across the country. thank you to mayor breed for your amazing leadership. it seems like a few months ago we are at division circle on caltrain land, and doing a similar celebration.
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i know that at times it feels so daunting. we walked the streets, would drive the streets, we see folks sleeping on sidewalks, sleeping in the park, and i think for years, we have always grappled with, what do we do while what can we do? it feels like we put people in homes and in shelters and then there's more people in streets. at times it feels like an epic problem that really can't be solved. i think at times where i look at our city and we often times are a lightning rod for people. people are coming -- there are folks frustrated here and people are coming here from all over because san francisco is doing their part. san francisco is offering their services. that is one of the reasons why the state has decided to get involved. we realize this is no longer a city by city issue. mayor breed can't talk to other mayors, we have to figure out
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how to do this. everyone in the state has to do their part. one in four homeless people in our country lives in california. one in four. 134,000 people. we have 75 -- we have 7500 people here in san francisco. los angeles has 60,000. think about it. that is not a small town. that is a medium-sized town in california. so the problem is great. it is also a stage that we know we can solve problems. we know if we can build bridges, we can build all these buildings , we can build all this amazing housing and build the economy. we have an economy here in san francisco with 2% of unemployment, we are the fifth largest economy in the entire world in california. there is nothing we feel like we can't do. if we can't find a way to put people in homes, if we can't find a way to have people, offer
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people a life with dignity, than i don't think anybody else can. we will not stop trying, because that is what our city stands for we know that we believe that we are welcoming people from all around the world his, all around the country to come and live here regardless of their circumstance, regardless of their documents, regardless of why they're here, and because for the simple reason that they come here because this is a place where they can live, where they can thrive, where they can succeed. we want to continue to be the beacon of hope. that city ants that state where people want to come, where people can thrive, and where people can live out their dreams , that california dream is still alive and well. in terms of the state, we were so proud to work with the city about 20 years ago to ensure that caltrain's land, ten different parcels in the area, we want to thank tony at the
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team for working with us, to be able to give us land at a reduced rate. many of us probably walked by and drove by the slabs thinking okay, it is just empty land. it is just part of an offramp. before i saw the division circle , i had no idea what could be done with the parcel of land next to a freeway on-ramp or an offramp. it is amazing. this is now an on-ramp onto a different life, right? [applause] >> not only can you go to oakland, you can go into other areas. that is what we want people to turn to. i am proud this is a team effort the city, the mohammed, our mayor, our new supervisor, state and caltrain saying, hey, i spoke to them and they spent about $60 million a year just shoeing people off their land. they said, hey, how about we
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helped house people? let's not waste that money and let's be part of the solution. so that is what we are saying. let's be part of the solution. so the state was proud to give the city $10 million for navigation centers. went on division center that got put off. the state also said we will give $500 million across the entire state. $27 million to san francisco to help put up emergency shelters. why quiet we have an emergency crisis in homelessness. it is an emergency. when you have this many people living on the streets. i know that is the beginning. we need to do more and not only do we need to do more in terms of funding and taking a hard look, we need to make sure that everyone is building homeless shelters and housing for the homeless. not just us. it can't just b.s. it has to be san mateo, it has to be -- you can't just be us.
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it has to be all the different counties that haven't been part of that solution. we know it is part of the stuff we need to do with the other counties who aren't as onboard. we'll be taking on those challenges just like we are taking on challenges from housing. but again, thank you so much for the huge amount of team effort, all of the city, state, amazing who are here today, and really to give 84 people this new on-ramp to a different life. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. as the mayor pointed out, it takes a village to open a navigation center, and you can't have a village without the land its built on. this is where caltrain comes in. i would like to invite the district four director to the podium. he will describe in more detail their role in making this navigation center a reality. tony? [applause]
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>> good morning. thank you assembly member, mayor london breed, and thank you to all the partners who made this navigation come to fruition. i'm so pleased and excited to be here this morning and celebrating the opening of the navigation center, and the partnership with the city of san francisco and the california department of transportation and crafting an innovative solution to the challenges of homelessness. for us at caltrain, keeping people safe is what we do. it is at the heart of what we do we come to work every day committed to ensuring the safety of those who drive on the highway system, our maintenance workers who are out diligently caring for that system, and the pedestrians and bicyclists navigate highways that are also city streets. it is incredibly important to me that everyone, whether work or traveller gets home safe at the end of each day. and because safety is so important to me, i worry when i see people trying to create a home


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